The internet is indeed a marvellous tool-through this blog I've received really great rare material on Searle from generous readers to share with all the other fans of his artwork. Twitter seemed like a superfluous info feed to me until Searle's death when it became an invaluable resource of quick links to obituaries, tributes and blog posts on his life and work-often yielding better results than a Google search.
It was via Twitter that I discovered this interesting article on Leigh Hobbs on the Books For Keeps site.
I'd like to re-publish it here for posterity. It sheds further light on Searle's relationship with Harry 'Lofty' Cannon. Not unlike myself, Hobbs found himself in contact with Searle, initially with great trepidation and respect and a similar delight in receiving correspondence in the artist's inimitable hand.
Once one had expressed sincere interest in his work Ronald, would engage generously as exemplified in this account of Hobbs' investigation into Searle's life-changing friendship with Lofty.
This is one of the best obituaries to Ronald I've read yet.
One of the UK’s major satirical draughtsmen of the second half of the 20th century, Ronald Searle has died at the age of 91.